Co-production week Scotland 2018: What's your story? 

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Co-production Week Scotland was a chance to learn, discuss and celebrate how co-production puts people and communities at the heart of the support and services they're part of.

This year we wanted to make co-production all about the stories, big and small, that you can tell about co-production.

Stories are a key part of how we learn and sharing them with each other helps us make connections, as well as understanding the opportunities and challenges we face together.

We've been developing 100 Stories of Co-production over recent months, building on a set of stories which show the relationships, ideas and, sometimes, problems that can crop up.

We asked for stories of any length or style you like: from a tweet to a blog, or even a film - which we got and plenty of them. 

What happened during the week 

The week itself featured events, resources and loads happening on social media. 

As well as your stories, we had a few SCN events during the week. More information about them below. 


Event: Watch, Act, Vote: An interactive workshop on legislative theatre 

Katy RubinTheatre of the Oppressed NYC, led an interactive workshop on Legislative Theatre, a creative, fun and participatory policy-changing and civic-engagement process, in which participants developed policy proposals based on a current local issue. The workshop was followed by a short presentation on the legislative changes sparked by this process in NYC (more in this report), and a Q&A about applying Legislative Theatre to local issues and institutions. 

The event was opened by a performance from the fabulous Purple Poncho Players who use music, comedy and drama to depict their own real life experiences on stage, for audiences of policy makers, service managers, and government officials.

And we heard from participants from Edinburgh based arts compalny Active Inquiry who create theatre and arts projects with and for communities.  Active Inquiry talked about their involvement in an international project with groups from Poland, Italy and Slovenia about experiences and experiments with using and investigating Legislative theatre.





WATCH original plays based on the actors’ lived experiences.

ACT on stage to brainstorm alternatives to the problems presented. Jokers open the stage to Spect-actors to rehearse new ideas. Everyone writes their ideas on notecards that are processed and sorted by the Policy Advisory Team.

VOTE with government representatives. Policy-makers present proposals based on the collected ideas. The crowd debates each idea. All present vote on the proposals. If the majority of people accept the idea as presented, the government representatives make a promise to act on those ideas after leaving the theatre.

Event: Chance to Thrive Network Gathering

St Mark’s Drumchapel, Glasgow

St Mark's has spent the last number of years considering how they can develop their mission with regards to encouraging good health & well-being in the community; including planning the redevelopment of their church buildings to make them more fit for this purpose in Drumchapel. They are currently in the process of trying to raise the funding to bring their vision to realisation. 


Event: In it together: what do we know about co-production with children and young people?

At this event we asked: how well are we co-producing with children and young people? We heard from some young people about their experiences of co-designing, improving, and shaping services and policy, and from youth organisations who are supporting young people to participate.

The event was an opportunity to think about:

  • What opportunities are there for working with young people in a more co-productive way?
  • What needs to change to support children and young people to truly co-produce the decisions that impact on their futures?

Co-hosted by Canongate Youth, we heard from Youth Scotland and two young people themselves who have been using their experience to co-design services in Glasgow.



Telling the stories of co-production was a key focus of the week and we were delighted to have so many people contribute their ideas and practice as part of the week. You can read all their excellent blogs here.

  1. Galgael: 
    Co-producing a charter
  2. Sarah Forster from The Alliance: 
    Working co-productively to prevent suicide in Scotland -
  3. Clare Cook from Scottish Communities for Wellbeing: 
    Social prescribing in Scotland and Northern Ireland
  4. Paul Sullivan from Strathclyde University: 
    The Participating in Participation Network: A place to share, learn and celebrate
  5. Glasgow Homelessness Network: 
    Case Study: Govan High School Community Budgeting -
  6. Independent Living Fund Scotland: 
    ILIF Scotland's co-produced online application service
  7. Alice from Outside the Box: 
    Co-production and human rights
  8. Carolyn Sawers from Corra: 
    Reflections on supporting change at the pace of the community 
  9. Josie Vallely from Iriss:
    Creating cultures for co-production
  10. SCIE:
    Co-production resources
  11. Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice:
    Developing a community-led women's space
  12. The Alliance IntegrationSupport team:
    The Aberdeen Foyer Impact project – Co-producing Recruitment
  13. Tommy Whitelaw from The Alliance:
    20,000 Pledges, Turning Good Intentions into Purposeful Actions
  14. Co:Create:
    Ben's Involvement with Commissioning a New Young Person's Service in Rotherham
  15. The Alliance:
    Compassionate Inverclyde – Where Health Is Everyone’s Business
  16. Home-Start West Lothian:
    Co-producing Future Plans: Home-Start West Lothian
  17. If co-pro is about shifting power and valuing the contribution of lived experience in improving public services, why does that voice have to wait to be invited? Blog post by Andrew Paterson, SCDC’s Policy Research Officer. Read it here.